Fred Mercy

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10:42am: Still working on this website so that I feel like I have a decent home on this weird network!

Lately I've been on a degrowth path, embracing my low-tech inclinations... it's still unclear what I'm gonna do with all of this stuff I cram in my brain, but something concrete has to be done, not just noodling around with some web shit all day that's for sure.

In terms of stuff I could share with y'all, here are the news:

  • 🕹 my gf bought Celeste recently and we had a lot of fun playing it! Too bad our PS4 is on its last leg... we might not be able to finish it (maybe we'll continue the adventure on a Linux laptop or something)
  • 💫 YouTube's grasp is still holding my attention hostage, and yesterday I got properly toasted and watched this Arvin Ash video! It's so soothing and well-made, and packed with so much good stuff that I can't resist sharing it here. It's so deeply disturbing to me, all this science... that I ended going back to Alan Watts for an even more soothing voice, and for a more spiritual perspective on existence. I found this video which is really perfect if you want to simultaneously relax and learn more about the Buddhist (and others) perspective.
  • 🗣 ...and because YouTube is relentlessly pushing for highly relevant content, I ended up watching “The Nature of Reality: A Dialogue Between a Buddhist Scholar and a Theoretical Physicist”, which is a discussion between Alan Wallace and Sean Carroll
  • 🙈 it's the little entertainement bubble I've created for myself to face the absurdity of the Universe head-on, while crawling back into my comfort zone and ignore the harshness of today's climate (social, political, or otherwise).

Today's entry wasn't so bad, eh? Short and sweet.

🙏 Have a great day, guys!

2:59pm: Taking it easy these days, mate!

I've been thinking... man, what I'm building feels like a retrofuturist version of a website. Like, mixing the aesthetic of early computer screens with web browsers' rendering superpowers, to provide something that feels much more performant and usable [note: that's the hope, at least] I grew up using a bit of DOS, and sometimes I miss the blockiness of it all; I guess I also miss the consistency of these interfaces (you couldn't use crazy colors, weird shapes, or anything... the constraints were many!)

example DOS interface another example

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But it must degrade gracefully to adapt to any environment. (note: I haven't tried it but I'm kind of curious as to how it looks if I try to access it via my PS4, for example?)

Anyway: my website should be light, legible, fun, accessible, full-featured, easy to update, easy to manage, long-lasting, portable. I'll figure it out.

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